PARIS — Recognizing that women can't go to the office dressed like dinosaurs, Yohji Yamamoto has more to offer than the spiky looks shown on the Paris runway last week. "You need daily wear," said Keizo Tamoto, Yamamoto's new chief executive, who is spearheading a product-led turnaround for the Japanese fashion house. To wit: Yamamoto is repositioning and expanding his 10-year-old +Noir label — previously based on black silk and mostly available in Japan — as its main ready-to-wear offering.
Tamoto described the runway line as "laboratory couture." By contrast, +Noir is a broad range of creatively cut staples in black and white, as well as sweaters and denim. There are also striped shirts, herringbone cardigans, linen skirts and a range of accessories. Prices are in the designer range, with silk dresses around $1,000 to $1,500 and jeans around $400 to $500, according to a spokeswoman.
Yamamoto is also making a concerted push in accessories with Y Design, a label tested last season and now applied to a compact range of Italian-made handbags. The versatile leather purses, carryalls and weekenders, all expandable, come in classic Yohji colors: black, cream and red. Tamoto described Yamamoto's current handbag business as "very small." Y Design, with bags retailing from $650 to $1,100, is meant to open the possibility of accessories corners in department stores.
The Y Design label is also meant to encompass future accessories launches, such as eyewear, Tamoto said.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)